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Fruits, Veggies, Grains Highlight School Lunch Makeover

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Fruits, Veggies, Grains Highlight School Lunch Makeover
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NEW YORK STATE -- With another school year right around the corner, health officials are reminding parents about the importance of eating healthy and making sure their kids receive nutritious meal.

Fruits, veggies and whole grains are going to be the filling the plates of all the students who choose to buy their lunch in the cafeteria.

The changes are being made order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. They include:

• Whole grains as the primary ingredient in all grain products.
• One cup of fruit must be served at breakfast.
• More use of non-grain main food groups like fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and protein foods.
• 1/4 cup combination of fruits and veggies.
• "Smart Snacks" which follow the national and state guidelines.

"We've revamped a lot of our snack items to make them healthier and to comply with the federal guidelines, said Julie Tucker, a Registered Dietician. "We've done a lot of taste tests to find items that will be acceptable for students."

For more details on the new regulations, visit the USDA website.

For tips on how to pack healthier lunches from home, Heart.org has some tips here.

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